WASHINGTON - Nervous employers cut 17,000 jobs in January - the first such reduction in more than four years and a fresh sign that the economy is in danger of stalling.
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court refused Friday to reconsider a ruling broadening its own authority to scrutinize evidence against detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
SAN FRANCISCO - It would literally take an act of Congress before a city ballot proposal to turn Alcatraz into a global peace center could become reality.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - A teacher who was upset because she didn't get her preferred classroom assignment left more than a dozen scribbled threats at her elementary school and a suspicious device in a student's desk, authorities said.
LAS VEGAS - O.J. Simpson filed court papers seeking dismissal of half the charges against him, saying prosecutors in Nevada failed to meet legal standards to prosecute him for kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy, his lawyer said Friday.
HONOLULU - A meeting of delegates from the nations that emit the most pollutants ended without concrete targets for slashing greenhouse gas emissions, but participants praised what they saw as a new willingness by the United States to discuss possible solutions.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - A convicted child rapist who was released by a judge even though prosecutors said he was likely to strike again has been charged with raping a 6-year-old boy at a library.
HOUSTON - An embattled prosecutor facing a contempt charge for deleting e-mails was grilled Friday by a federal judge who said he should have known better than to erase material he had been ordered to turn over.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Dave Gilligan remembers being pushed outside to play baseball and other sports, but feeling it just wasn't for him.
SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft Corp. has pounced on slumping Internet icon Yahoo Inc. with an unsolicited takeover offer of $44.6 billion in its boldest bid yet to challenge Google Inc.'s dominance of the lucrative online search and advertising markets.
BOSTON - A computer science student who unwittingly created an airport bomb scare by wearing a blinking circuit board attached to her shirt had a First Amendment right to express herself in that manner, her lawyer argued Friday.
GUANGZHOU, China - Hu Qingyuan camped out Friday, waiting for a train to take him home for the Chinese New Year holiday - his only chance each year to see his wife and 8-year-old son.
The deal for the Christmas competition came from a book by Jose Le Dentu, an excellent French writer and player who died in 1997.
ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Aruban prosecutors said Friday that they are reopening their investigation into the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway after seeing secretly taped material from a Dutch journalist.
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Hamas militants on Friday hauled away metal spikes that Egyptian soldiers had placed at sections of the Gaza-Egypt border, defying attempts to reseal the frontier and stop the influx of blockade-weary Gazans.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal has joined Roger Federer on the sidelines at the Australian Open, taking their combined 31 Grand Slam singles titles with them.
I have admitted publicly that my skills at fixing stuff is about a two out of ten on the Home Depot Scale of Home and Farm Repair. Thus my tool box is not an extensive one. It has a hammer, a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, and a tape measure. That's all I need because I keep a goodly supply of duct tape on hand and as all good fix-it guys know, duct tape is the most versatile of all utensils in the cosmos. In fact I'd go so far as to say that duct tape is like ...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Tiger Woods had a full set of teeth and was chomping at the bit to get his season started.
ATLANTA - A man convicted in the killing of a fellow inmate has been executed in Georgia despite claims by his lawyers that he was intellectually disabled.
McRAE, Ga. - Elrey "Bud" Runion posted an ad on Craigslist seeking to buy a piece of his youth, a replica of the 1966 Ford Mustang convertible he bought after returning from the Vietnam War decades ago.
This past week the Statesboro business and civic community lost a giant way too early. Scott "Big Dawg" Joyner died from a massive heart attack. He was 52.
The Old River Road historical marker has been stolen, and the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help.
Metter police arrested two young boys Monday on arson and burglary charges in connection with a fire that damaged the home of the Boys & Girls Club of Candler County.
NEW YORK - New York City looked like a ghost town early Tuesday, blanketed by a snowstorm that disrupted life for tens of millions of people along the U.S. East Coast.
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PHOENIX - This is not a story about Super Bowl Media Day. Thank God. This IS a story about the story of Super Bowl Media Day.
SAVANNAH - Bulloch Academy ran away with the first annual Cavalier Invitational wrestling tournament this past Saturday.
In just over five years, the South Georgia Fury softball club has gone from a struggling, two-team operation into a growing success story that will field six teams and showcase 70 players in dozens of tournaments throughout the spring and summer.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR won't change its new championship format, which chairman Brian France said Monday is "overwhelmingly popular" with fans.
NEW YORK - More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days.